Fortifying breast milk: How to get more vitamin E to preterm babies

Supplementing mothers with æ-tocopherol may help increase vitamin E intakes for premature breastfeeding babies vulnerable to deficiency, Brazilian research has suggested.

«Our results provide evidence of the importance of maternal supplementation with vitamin E, especifally in women with preterm births, in increasing breast milk æ-tocopherol concentration,» the researchers wrote in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Preterm infants have very low body fat and reserves of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin E.

This, as well as low red blood cell tocopherol concentrations at bbirth, means they are vulnerable to Vitamin e deficiency and therefore susceptible to infections and conditions like thrombocytosis, retrolental fibroplasia, intraventricular haemorrhage and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
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